The Department of Educational Psychology (EDP) offers a wide array of exciting opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. At the graduate level, we offer a Ph.D. degree in Educational Psychology, an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology, and Master’s degrees in Educational Psychology. For undergraduates, the EDP offers teacher-certification programs in Special Education and Gifted & Talented.
The Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology affords graduate students the opportunity to select a specialization in Exceptionalities, Learning and Development, or Measurement. Graduates of this program have accomplished much, ranging from authoring books to acquiring faculty positions at leading universities including Louisiana State University, the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Texas Tech University, and the University of Minnesota Medical School.
The Ed.S. program in School Psychology prepares students to apply a scientist-practitioner model in their work with school-age children as well as with parents, teachers, and administrators. This program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Recent graduates are employed in a variety of school districts in Texas, ranging from Dallas to Waco to Houston, as well as in several other states.
The teacher-certification programs in Special Education and Gifted and Talented have produced high quality teachers for many school districts. Several recent graduates from these programs have been selected for teacher-of-the-year awards at their schools.
The applied behavior analysis (ABA) specialization is designed for students who are interested in behavior management such as working with people with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism spectrum disorders). The ABA specialization prepares students to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).
I hope you take the time to check the program web-links and learn more about the vibrant programs in our department.
Marley Watkins, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor and Department Chairman